Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1851-O Half Dollar is one of those dates that is not really common, but it is also not that scarce, unless one considers the Mint State versions.  Compared to several of the O-mint dates in the 1840s and 1850s, the 1851-O is right on par.  The overall strike characteristics of this date are above-average for a New Orleans Mint product, though the stars may show varying degrees of weakness.

At the Mint State level, most 1851-O Half Dollars fall into the MS62 to MS64 grades.  At the Gem level, this date becomes very rare.  The top grade for this date at PCGS is MS66.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
402000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
21
Pop Lower
100
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 19 / 66 TIE 36 / 126 TIE
All Grades 55 R-8.4 38 / 66 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 2/1999:1041 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30497, $41,125

3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5647, $16,450

3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade